The following was a recent comment on this site that is worthy of a blog post by itself…
When Herbert Armstrong was all positive, looking good, trying hard, looking great and making promises — we would have our high. When he showed us news of the world which supported his prophetic nonsense, we seized on that because we were dependent upon it for our high.
We present to you some of the horror stories that have been recorded in the past dealing with Herbert W. Armstrong’s Worldwide Church of God…
Having been through a few high powered sales training schools and being a professional salesman with a successful track record I feel qualified to critique the COG sales organizations and Herbert Armstrong the founder.
Back when he started, Armstrong was a bankrupt salesman, and he had just left another religious organization under adverse conditions as a result of disagreements over doctrine. He and many others were drifting sheep. Armstrong had nowhere to go and nothing to do, so he had nothing else to lose in his ventures.
During 1955, Ernest Martin became a supporter of the ministry of Herbert W. Armstrong and the Radio Church of God (later known as the Worldwide Church of God). He attended Ambassador College at Pasadena, California, in 1958 and later transferred to the campus in Bricket Wood, England. He was ordained as a minister of the Radio Church of God in 1959 and continued with his studies at Ambassador College to finally earn an unaccredited Ph.D in education in 1966. From 1960 to 1972, he taught history, theology and elementary meteorology at the Ambassador College campus in Bricket Wood where he became Dean of Faculty.
In 1974, Martin wrote the first of five editions of The Tithing Dilemma�of which over 100,000 copies were sold. It was this work which triggered the first of many major schisms within the Worldwide Church of God.
“EVERY national church or religion has established itself by pretending some special mission from God, communicated to certain individuals. The Jews have their Moses; the Christians their Jesus Christ, their apostles and saints; and the Turks their Mahomet; as if the way to God was not open to every man alike.
The story of Armstrongism as a movement begins with the life of its namesake-Herbert W. Armstrong-who was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 31, 1892.
A Psycho-Sexual Analysis of Authoritarian Worldwide Church of God Polity, by William D. Meyer.
How many progressive exiters err when they falsely normalize cultic church governance and then shun organized Christianity…
The not so amazing legacy of Herbert W. Armstrong…
This letter, including the responses by Mr Edwards embedded therein, was copied verbatim from the Servants’ News web site on Jan 17, 2010. The letter can be read at the original site here. In the copy here we have retained the emphasis in bold as it appeared on the original site, but the other emphasis (underlines) has been added.